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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 18 March 2014
Date of Publication: 13 June 2014
Inspection Report published 13 June 2014 PDF | 78.18 KB

People should be given the medicines they need when they need them, and in a safe way (outcome 9)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Will have their medicines at the times they need them, and in a safe way.
  • Wherever possible will have information about the medicine being prescribed made available to them or others acting on their behalf.

How this check was done

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 18 March 2014, checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care and reviewed information given to us by the provider. We were accompanied by a specialist advisor.

Our judgement

People were protected against the risks associated with medicines because the provider had appropriate arrangements in place to manage medicines.

Reasons for our judgement

At the previous inspection we observed that medicines were not kept safely. We were told by a member of staff that the fridge temperatures were checked by the principal dentist but there was no visible record of these checks and the principal dentist was not at work that day. This meant that there was no current knowledge available for the temperature of the fridge, which could mean that the medicines were not stored correctly. We also found expired medicines in the clinical room and the fridge, for example, an expired bottle of Endomethasone (a root canal sealant). This meant people using the service were at risk from unsafe and ineffective medicines.

At this inspection we found that medicines were kept safely. There was a system in place to record and monitor the temperatures of the fridge and clinical room, and the medicines we checked were all in date.